That Team Loaded iteration impressed mightily at the Adidas Super 64, and Kentrell Barkley proved a key cog in the machine.
Surrounded by taller, more celebrated players such as Thon Maker, Barkley performed a critical utility role and offered the team a physical presence that it otherwise lacked.
Barkley's game largely consists of defense, rebounding, athleticism and toughness. He fills a lot of in-between duties that sometimes don't show up empirically but nevertheless help his teams win games. Thanks to a broad, strong frame and aggressive style, Barkley also should acclimate quickly to the college level.
Now, he simply needs to figure out where that will be.
"They're all recruiting me as a two-three, mostly a three."
Barkley's defensive versatility is a prime asset. He possesses the quickness and length to defend many wings yet is sufficiently tall and strong to handle some four-men as well. Without question, his ticket to early playing time will reside on that end of the floor, while he works to build a more polished offensive game.
In terms of a timeline, he wants to move things along in the next few weeks.
"I want to cut (my list) at the end of the month," Barkley said. "I'm looking for somewhere that I can help my team win."